Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC Review: Lightweight Comfort, Pro Sound for Calls 2024

The workplace today is a beehive of activity. From busy open offices, working from home, or hybrid working, staying focused and maintaining clear communication can be a challenge. That's why you need a professional grade headset, to keep you sounding professional when your surroundings don’t want to cooperate. One headset that’s sure to fit the bill is the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC.

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC Bluetooth noise canceling headset

This refined upgrade to the popular Voyager Focus UC offers enhanced features designed to elevate your audio experience and keep you productive throughout the workday, wherever work takes you.

Feel free to read over this blog, or you can sit back and watch our review video which includes sound quality, and noise canceling tests.

One of the hallmarks of any Poly headset is professional audio. That's somethiing that businesses worldwide have counted on, and over the years, Plantronics/Poly has delivered. 

The Voyager Focus 2 UC keeps with that tradition by providing a pleasant, professional sound. And in our tests, we not only found the audio fidelity to be excellent, but the Focus 2 UC also did well in our noise tests. But there is another  area that shouldn't be overlooked; Active Noise Cancellation. And if you're unfamiliar with this technology, click here to watch our video that explains the difference between Active Noise Cancellation, and microphone noise cancellation.

Keep Your Focus: Advanced Noise Cancellation

The Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC made improvements in Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) compared to the previous model. The original Focus UC offered a simple on/off option, the Focus 2 UC provides you with more adjustment so you can better regulate the noise around you. This means you can create a personalized sound bubble, filtering out distracting background noise while letting in important ambient sounds when needed.

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC Active Noise Cancellation

Whether you're wanting to cut out the chatter in the coffee shop or blocking out office noise during an important call, the Focus 2 UC is an improvement over the former model which is nice to see. And though you don’t have multiple levels of adjustment, you do have high and low, which is an improvement over on/off.

Extended Talk Time

You’ll find additional enhancements on the Focus 2 UC compared to the earlier model. For example, the battery is more enhanced in the newer model which provides you with extended talk and listening time whether that’s with Active Noise Cancellation activated, or not. Check out the comparison table below that shows the Focus 2 UC and Focus UC models.

FEATURE FOCUS 2 UC FOCUS UC
Talk Time w/o ANC Up to 25 hours Up to 12 hours
Talk Time w/ANC Up to 16 hours Up to 12 hours
Listening Time w/o ANC Up to 40 hours Up to 15 hours
Listeniing Time w/ANC Up to 24 hours Up to 12 hours

 

And for those inevitable moments when recharging your headset slips your mind, the Focus 2 UC offers the convenience of wired connectivity, which Poly calls Audio over USB. Simply plug in the included USB-C cable and keep the conversation flowing. And when using the headset in wired mode, the battery will continue to charge. This is a feature you’ll find on some headsets, though many don't come with this feature.

Wireless Range

The included BT700 USB adapter is claimed to offer an extended wireless range compared to the previous BT600 adapter used with the original Focus UC model. The original Focus UC has a stated range of up to 98 feet, and the Focus 2 UC has a range estimated up to 164 feet (50 meters). As you’ll see in our review video, the audio quality began breaking up, and became unusable at around 60 feet. Keep in mind that stated range on any headset is based on open field, or line of sight range tests, which have no obstructions. Obstructions are barriers to the wireless signal, which in turn weakens it, and as a result, shortens the range. We normally suggest taking the stated wireless range and cutting it in half. In this case, we’d be in the ballpark, though still coming up a bit short. 

By bringing this to light is by no means a knock on the Voyager Focus 2 UC, because other headsets will also come up short in range compared to stated wireless range estimates. One exception we have seen in the past is some Yealink headsets that surprisingly held pretty close to their range projection. One example of this is the Yealink WH62 that delivers wireless range well beyond that of other headsets. So if you're on the hunt for a long range wireless headset, you owe it to yourself to check out Yealink.

Exceptional Comfort for All-Day Wearing

Man wearing a Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC headset

Comfort is paramount, especially when dealing with extended headset use. The Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC is meticulously designed with all-day wear in mind. The soft, memory foam ear cushions and a canopy-style padded headband with a suspension design, provides a luxurious feel that minimizes pressure points. 

The adjustable headband and rotating ear speakers ensure a personalized fit, while the lightweight 6-ounce design keeps your head strain-free. And anyone who is tasked with wearing a headset all day knows how important comfort is.

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC top view, comfortable fit, soft cushions, USB connectivity

Truthfully, there are a lot of comfortable fitting headsets, some largely due to being lightweight. But I have to give credit where credit is due, because the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC is an amazingly comfortable headset. So if you’re in search of a comfortable headset that you can wear all day, that sounds good, make sure you put the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC on your short list.

Professional Audio and Personalized Control

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC noise canceling microphone

Poly's commitment to exceptional audio quality shines through in the Focus 2 UC. The headset delivers superior voice clarity, and your voice is transmitted with crispness and professionalism. Whether you're participating in a conference call or on a video meeting, your colleagues and clients will hear you loud and clear. The Focus 2 UC also interfaces with Poly Lens software, allowing you to update firmware and personalize your headset. From adjusting equalizer settings to customizing controls, Poly Lens lets you tailor the Focus 2 UC to your desired preferences.

Versatility For The Way You Work

The Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC is a solid choice for today’s diverse work environments. It's available to be configured a few ways:

  • USB-A Adapter - for those using the traditional USB port
  • USB-C Adapter - for those using the newer USB port
  • Microsoft Teams version - for those who use Teams as their go-to app
  • UC version - for those who use different communication applications
  • With a charging stand - if you’re in the office a lot, and need a docking station
  • Without a charging stand - for those who are primarily on the go

The charging stand provides a convenient way to keep your headset powered up when not in use, and provides a convenient place to park your headset when not in use. For those seeking a desktop solution that connects to both computers and desk phones, the Poly Voyager Focus Office model provides a convenient communication hub.

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC and Poly Voyager Focus Office

You can toggle between using the headset with a deskphone, and the computer. And if mobile connectivity is also needed, no problem, because the headset is also Bluetooth compatible.

Selecting the Microsoft Teams variant provides you with some convenient user controls such as remote call answering, launching a Teams meeting, adjusting volume, mute all from the headset, and even when away from the desk. So if you use Microsoft Teams as your main application for voice and video calls, then the Teams version would be the best choice. 

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC Microsoft Teams and UC variants

If you use a variety of applications, such as Zoom, RingCentral or others, then you’ll want to choose the UC version.

Savy Smart Sensors

Much like the former Voyager Focus UC, the Focus 2 UC has smart sensors that serve some very useful functions. For example, the headset is smart enough to detect when the headset is being worn, or not being worn. When the headset senses that the headset has been removed, it will mute the microphone or pause your streaming media. And when you put it back on, your media or call will resume. You can even accept an incoming call just by putting the headset on.

Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC noise canceling microphone wireless USB headset

Smart Sensors can go by other names, such as on head detection, but no matter what it’s called, this feature isn’t commonly found on a lot of headsets. I, for one, find this feature to be useful, convenient and intuitive.

Overall Thoughts

Personally, I’m a fan of the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC. The reasons include it being a very comfortable headset. The way in which it was designed, including the canopy suspending padded headband cushion, combined with the super soft ear cushions, adjustability and overall lightweight design makes it a very comfortable headset to wear for long periods of time. 

close up view of Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC padded headband

I like the sound quality of the microphones, and it does a respectable job at removing background noise. Granted, no headset will remove it all, but it does a decent job at dampening it down to the point where it’s not distracting, or in some cases, not heard at all.

The Smart Sensors provide some user conveniences which are practical in real world working situations. Whether that’s taking a call quickly, pausing the music you’re listening to, or easily muting the microphone, smart sensors are useful and handy to have.

It’s nice that you can select the configuration that matches your situation, whether that’s choosing the Microsoft Teams variant, UC, charging stand, or not, and the type of USB adapter all help to make this a customizable headset to meet your requirements.

So if you’re shopping around for a comfortable, professional sounding wireless USB headset, you should check out the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC. If you do, I’m confident you’ll like how you sound, how you hear, and how you feel.

Ways To $ave On A New Focus 2 UC 

Headset Advisor is your best source for finding the perfect headset solution for your needs. We have headset specialists available to match your needs to the perfect headset solution. And we offer several ways to help you save money on the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC:

  • Coupon Code Savings: Use coupon code BLOG at checkout to receive an instant discount. And who doesn’t like saving a few bucks?
  • Trade-In Program: Breathe new life into your old headsets by trading them in for cash or credit towards the purchase of a new Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC. So if you have some old headsets gathering dust in your storeroom, let us know what you have and we’ll give you a quote on trading them in. 
  • Affordable Leasing Options: For those who prefer a predictable monthly payment, our leasing plans offer a budget-friendly way to acquire the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC which makes outfitting a team affordable to any budget.

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Since 1994, Headset Advisor has been a trusted resource for businesses and individuals seeking the best communication solutions. Our knowledgeable Advisors are here to answer any questions you may have about the Poly Voyager Focus 2 UC or any other headset on the market. Contact us today and let us help you achieve comfortable, crystal-clear communication and enhanced focus in your daily work routine while in the office, at home, or on the go.

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